Whip Cutting Sale
** The 2019 Whip sale has concluded. Please check back next February for available plant material.**
The Shenandoah Valley SWCD has three species of plant materials available for stream bank restoration projects. Available species include: Red Osier Dogwood, Bankers Dwarf Willow and Streamco Willow. (Cuttings-Species Information Sheet)
What are Whips Used For?
Planting cuttings along an unvegetated stream bank is a great bio-engineering practice that can help stabilize an eroding stream bank. It also helps promote a healthier terrestrial and aquatic habitat than traditional stream bank restoration measures. For optimum survival, rooting and re-growth potential, the cuttings should be planted in early spring (early March to early April).
The two willow species will grow to between 10-15 feet tall and the red osier dogwoods will grow to between 3-10 feet tall. When it floods , the cuttings lie down allowing the water to flow over-top, while their roots help anchor soil and protect the stream bank. Cuttings are provided as long whips that are approximately 2-5 feet long. You will need to prepare the cuttings for planting by cutting the whip (long piece) into smaller plantable stakes. Note that one whip will yield approximately 3 plantable stakes. (Streambank Cuttings-How to Prepare and Plant Fact Sheet)
The costs will be $15.00 for 50 whips of Streamco Willow or Bankers Dwarf Willow (approximately 150 stakes) and $15.00 for 25 Red Osier Dogwood whips (approximately 75 stakes).
Cash, check, or credit card will be accepted! Checks should be made out to the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District. Please include a note in the memo referencing cuttings or whips.
For more information contact the District at (540) 433-2853 ext. 126. Order Deadline: February 23rd, 2019.
Pick Up Information
NO SHIPPING AVAILABLE
Whips will be available for pick up from the Shenandoah Valley SWCD office at 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B in Harrisonburg beginning February 28th, 2019.
You will need to bring a bucket, container or some type of bag to put your plant materials in.
Note: The whips should be kept cool and damp until they are planted.